Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (98)

Tom Fleming

Ceist:

102 Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection the uptake for the national internship scheme JobBridge on a county basis; and if an audit of the programme has been carried out. [23298/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

The National Internship Scheme was launched on 1st July 2011. It provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, at all skills levels. The aim of JobBridge is to assist individuals in breaking the cycle where they are unable to get a job without experience. It provides them with an opportunity to gain valuable experience, relevant knowledge and skills within a working environment. The Scheme is open to organisations in the private, public and community or voluntary sectors. The Scheme has made significant progress to-date. 6,840 jobseekers have commenced their internship since 1st July 2011. Please see breakdown of starters to-date in Table 1.

My Department has recently selected Indecon International Economic Consultants to conduct an independent evaluation of the Scheme. This Project needs to be undertaken to assess the design, delivery and impact of the JobBridge scheme on the unemployed. It should also assist the Department in making further policy decisions on the benefit of work placement programmes in the overall context of the Government's activation policy which is to engage with every unemployed individual to provide them with a pathway to employment and to prevent and reduce long term unemployment.

COUNTY

STARTERS

CARLOW

99

CAVAN

74

CLARE

156

CORK CITY

479

CORK COUNTY

203

DONEGAL

221

DUBLIN 1

198

DUBLIN 10

23

DUBLIN 11

61

DUBLIN 12

133

DUBLIN 13

10

DUBLIN 14

57

DUBLIN 15

137

DUBLIN 16

18

DUBLIN 17

33

DUBLIN 18

110

DUBLIN 2

650

DUBLIN 20

10

DUBLIN 22

63

DUBLIN 24

104

DUBLIN 3

47

DUBLIN 4

147

DUBLIN 5

15

DUBLIN 6/6W

77

DUBLIN 7

75

DUBLIN 8

132

DUBLIN 9

69

DUBLIN NORTH COUNTY — FINGAL

112

DUBLIN WEST COUNTY

16

DUN LAOIGHAIRE — RATHDOWN

123

GALWAY CITY

277

GALWAY COUNTY

144

KERRY

194

KILDARE

209

KILKENNY

89

LAOIS

97

LEITRIM

34

LIMERICK CITY

180

LIMERICK COUNTY

144

LONGFORD

51

LOUTH

156

MAYO

138

MEATH

122

MONAGHAN

107

OFFALY

76

ROSCOMMON

45

SLIGO

149

TIPPERARY (NORTH)

88

TIPPERARY (SOUTH)

126

WATERFORD CITY

158

WATERFORD COUNTY

66

WESTMEATH

176

WEXFORD

200

WICKLOW

162

GRAND TOTAL

6,840